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     For the August 31, 2005 Pet Fish Talk Show.
In this show the Bailey Brothers talk with callers and read questions from listeners.  
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Segment One. 
Fish in the News: Nevin summarizes a news article about £7,000 worth of Koi, that in a cruel twist of fate were stolen from Gary Brightwell's garden in Foxley Close, North Earlham, England, while he attended a crime prevention meeting. Click here to read the entire story.
Rhizodont, an extinct group of fish that are believed to be the largest freshwater fish that ever lived.
The Biggest Freshwater Fish Ever! Nevin talks about the extinct group of fish called Rhizodonts, that looked like the drawing shown above. Rhizodonts lived over 300 million years ago. One species grew to be over 20 feet long and is believed to be the largest species of freshwater fish that ever lived.
Amanda from Granite Falls, Washington, calls and says her Betta started swimming erratically after she changed some water in his fish bowl.
Tom and Nevin explain some of reasons that Amanda's Betta may be swimming erratically and what to do to help it recover.
Segment Two. 
Kelly says, "I am wondering ...can goldfish hear sound? I know fish can detect sound waves and differences in water pressure, but can they actually "hear sound"? My husband and I are currently in a bet on this answer - we need to know if they can translate the vibrations / waves into sound or if they only detect the vibrations alone. Also, if they do "hear", is there a risk of disturbing them? We have 2 active small children that can obviously be quite loud at times ... would this be a problem for the fish?"
Kenny from Random Lakes, Wisconsin, calls and says his Guppy, that we talked about last week, has recovered. Kenny explains how he treated his Guppy. Kenny says he watches the fish in his aquariums closely, so he knows what's going on and can prevent problems. Kenny also gives some tips about how he buys healthy fish.
Levi in Vancouver, BC, Canada, sends an email that says, "Thinking of buying an R/O system. I see one option is a de-ionizer. Would your recommend this. Also some come with holding reservoir tanks. Would you recommend this also? My main interest is in Amazon fish." Tom and Nevin talk about the R/O unit in their fish hatchery, and their opinion of an ideal R/O unit for an aquarist with an Amazon Fish aquarium. Click here for more information about Amazon Fish Aquariums.
Segment Three. 

Calin S. from California send an email that says, "okay this question might sound strange but i need to know. i just bought one of the marineland bio wheel filters for my 10 gallon tank and i spent 30 dollars on it. does that sound too much? i feel it was over priced. but then again i figured to buy one online iíd have to pay shipping and handling fees. what do you think? by the way i love your sites they are so helpful i love them. you are helping me take care of my fish so they can live a happier healthier life. thank you so much and keep up the good work."  

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Listening Guide with Comments, Pictures, and Links for this Week's Pet Fish Talk Show


Segment Three. Continued from above.
Chris H. from Laurel, Maryland, sends an email that says, "Iíve got a question about testing equipment ... Iíve kept fish for about a little over a year now and both my tanks have always stayed health. I use test strips to test everything weekly, sometimes more often when I have the time. And then once a month I take samples to my local fish store to confirm my readings. But recently while doing some research online because I want to get 120 gallon tank and Oscars, I hear everyone saying how strips are bad. What should I use? Iíve no problem spending a few more bucks on better testing materials but I donít want to get something thing that I donít need. Please help."
Another email says, "Hi my name is Eric and I have 3 huge oscars and a very large alligater gar in a large tank but my problem is that they keep out growing their tank and Im at the point now where its time to get bigger but space and money is getting limited. My question is can I put an outside pond in my back yard for them?"
Another email to LiveShow says, "Hi again Tom and Nevin, just wanted to say thanks for your help with my Betta. I really love your show and I am planning on becoming a regular caller. I have read most of the information on your website Thanks again for hosting such a fun and helpful show. P.S. I am the Amanda in Granite Falls, WA that called earlier. I am also the Amanda who has a grandma with the giant 3.5-4" Betta. You may not remember that, but that was me who sent that e-mail. Keep up the good work! Amanda"
Abraham sends us an email that says, "hi tom and nevin, the first link is about popup aquariums you can have on your patio!"
"the second link is a website someone posted on about a fish hobbyist who built a water bridge to connect his 2 aquariums thus allowing his fish to traverse through a clear pipe and enter 2 different environments!"
Here's another email to LiveShow. "Dear pet fish talk. I am asking you about the sucking loach I have 3 sucking loaches i my 25 gallon cold water tank. It also has a goldfish,blue orfe and 2 little golding orff in the tank. So i was going to ask you about these loaches. I have 1 loach for about 7 months now and then i got another loach witch i have had for about 2 months. Then i got 1 more and hes about have an inch long the other 2 are about 2 inchs long. So does the tank have to be hevaly planted and with lots of hinding for them. I have a banboo tunnel in there for them and i whet and got a little casle for them and turnd it upside down because there is 2 little holes at the bottem of it. there is about 3 plants in the tank and thay seen to be useing hiding plasces that i got for them. butt thayseem a bit to shi because when i go up to the glass thay all swim away from me and thay dont come back out for a long time. Is this to do with not enough plants or hiding plasces. plseae help thanks dominic"

Segment Four. 
Tom recalls a magazine article that he read a long time ago about breeding Clown Loaches in an aquarium with a thick layer of floating plants.
Amanda sends us another email, "hi, sorry to bug you guys again (this is Amanda), but I've got another question. today when I called you said to raise the temperature. I can't put my fishbowl on top of the fridge, so I was wondering if the product would work for my two gallon bowl:
please take a look and tell me what you think. I can't think of any other way to raise the temp in my bowl, so I was hoping that this would be safe to use. thank you for your patience, Amanda."
Here's an email from Dan S. from Minnesota, "Dear Tom, and Nevin, I am interested in putting a bunch of red belly piranhas in a 75 gallon tank.  I also would like to put some clown knives, needle fish, or Oscars in with the piranhas. Would any of these fish be possible tank mates if I kept the piranhas well fed? I was also wondering if I'd be able to keep more piranhas than recommended in the tank if I were to increase filtration in the tank (ex. A bio wheel, canister filter and an under-gravel filter with a power-head) Are there more factors included in the stocking limits of tanks besides keeping the water chemistry under control?"
Brian S. from Birmingham, Alabama sends an email that says, "I have a 55g set up that i had my koi and two comets in till they got big enof to into the pond. Well i just put them in there new home and i want to turn the 55g into a warmwater aquarium. I want silver dollars and my wife wants an angel fish. The only problem with those is that they get so big and would out grow the tank, from what i have read and what people have told me that they get up to 8" and would not be happy in that tank. My question to you would be what kind or kinds of fish would be happy in that tank. I would like at least three fish that get no bigger than 4" to 5" and the rest schooling fish. My wife wants some color in the tank also. All the fish i have looked at so far have been plain silver fish. They looked just like minnows to me and the wife. Any way thanks for all the advice."
"PS-I love your show and all the info i have gotten out of it since i have been listing."
Tom asks Nevin a question, "Suppose you bought some fish a few days ago, and now you notice the fish are not right, maybe they've got clamped fins. You decide to call the store, where you bought the fish. Now what would you say?"
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